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(From the October/November Zephyr) BATES WILSON: The ‘Father of Canyonlands NP’…in his own words

An excerpt:

October, 1949

Weather: We have enjoyed warm sunny days and cool nights until winter dropped suddenly out of the sky on October 17 in the form of cold rain and snow which raised the Colorado River two feet at the Moab Bridge. Court House Wash ran for three days making it necessary to close the entrance road. One visitor who didn’t believe in signs sank deep in the quick sand and abandoned his car when the water started running in the window.

Special Visitors: Mr. John Ford, motion picture director for Argosy Productions, arrived in Moab October 4 to look over a location for the making of a picture in this area. He and his business manager, Mr. Farrell, spent three days around Moab and were shown through the monument. They said that their biggest problem would be making a choice of scenery and not finding it. On or two shots will be made in the monument.

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  1. I love reading these articles because they’re short but invtamroife.

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